SKIN CANCER CHECKS

Queensland has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world. More than 430,000 Australians are treated a year for skin cancers. Of these, over 10,500 new cases of melanoma are diagnosed. Each year there are around 1600 deaths from melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer.*

Qualified doctors at Cooloola Skin Clinic can provide thorough skin checks for patients. Our doctors have been trained to easily identify suspect moles or lesions, and provide recommendations as to the appropriate treatment, including:

Cryotherapy
Surgical excision

Don’t leave it too late – book your skin cancer check now!

Why do I need a professional skin check?
Almost all of us have moles. By the age of 15, Australians have an average of more than 50 moles.
Normal moles usually look alike. It is important to have your skin professionally checked if a mole looks different or if a new mole appears after the age of 25. The more moles a person has, the higher the risk of melanoma.
Our Doctors use a number of tools and techniques to examine skin thoroughly, beyond what the naked eye can see.
Melanomas that are detected and treated early are cured in 90% of cases. So, in addition to self-checking regularly you should have a professional skin check once a year.

HOW DO WE DIAGNOSE SKIN CANCERS?
Firstly we examine all sun exposed areas from top to toe – literally!
Melanomas in particular can appear anywhere, even on the soles of your feet.
Our doctors then assess any suspicious lesions with the latest equipment and technology. Dermatoscopes are devices which allow the skin cancer doctor to analyse your spots in great detail. High resolution details can be seen with a dermatoscope that may not be obvious with naked eye and the image can be photographed and saved for future monitoring. Dermatoscopes are the only melanoma detection device with Level 1 evidence and the only device recommended by the NH&MRC to assist in the detection of melanoma.
How do we manage skin Cancers?
The key to managing any condition in medicine is a good diagnosis – skin cancer medicine is no different.
There are occasions where the diagnosis of skin cancer can be made with a high degree of certainty by a skin check.
There are many more occasions where our suspicions need to be confirmed by performing a small skin biopsy. This is a quick, simple procedure where a tiny piece of skin is sampled and sent to the pathologist for analysis. This gives us 100% certainty regarding the diagnosis and means you only have the skin cancer treatments that are necessary.
A variety of non-surgical and surgical options are available to treat skin cancers.
Deep, invasive skin cancers and melanomas always need excising (cutting out).
More superficial skin cancers can be treated in a variety of ways – scraped off the skin (curette) or using creams such as Efudix or Aldara.
There are many treatment options for a skin cancer and the doctors at the Cooloola Skin Clinic will consider your individual factors when formulating your treatment option. The treatment options will depend on what type of skin cancer it is, where the cancer is located as well as the size of the cancer. The doctors at Cooloola Skin Clinic will consider these factors and present an individually tailored treatment option that optimises the cosmetic result and healing.
Our General Practitioners have acquired specialized training in skin cancer detection and treatment.

Fees

To ensure high quality service and equipment we are unable to bulk bill all patients (with some exceptions outlined below). Our skin cancer doctors believe that a proper skin examination takes time. A comprehensive skin check cannot be done in a brief consultation so we allow for 15 to 20 minute consultation times.
Private patients will incur a fee for their yearly professional skin check, however all excisions will be bulk billed. This fee can range from $75 to $140.
All pensioners, health care cardholders, and children under the age of 16 are bulk billed.
All fees are payable at the time of consultation by cash or debit card or Visa or MasterCard.
Appointments
Appointments can be made with Cooloola Coast Clinic by ringing 5486 4600.

Please wear clothing that is easy to remove. Underwear is not removed as part of the skin cancer check.
As the face is one of the most common sites for skin cancer it is essential that no make-up is worn. Nail polish can hide melanomas that grow under nails, so should be avoided as well.